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Gauntlet Thrown Down on Scouts October 19, 2007 8:41 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest, Scouts, Touchy Subjects
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Looks like Philadelphia is pressuring the Boy Scouts of America to accept gay scouts. This will be interesting to see how it pans out.

PHILADELPHIA – The city has decided that the Boy Scouts chapter here must pay fair-market rent of $200,000 a year for its city-owned headquarters because it refuses to permit gay Scouts.

The organization’s Cradle of Liberty Council, which currently pays $1 a year in rent, must pay the increased amount to remain in its downtown building past May 31

The Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that Scouts, as a private group, have a First Amendment right to bar gays from membership.

[Source, MSNBC]

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1. JayMonster - October 19, 2007

Some people may not like it, but the BSA brought this on themselves. If they want to claim exclusivity by sighting “private group” exemption, then they have to pay like any other private organization would.

It is a no-win scenario. Nobody benefits from these actions. But it was still the BSA that opted to go down this path.

2. Doug McCaughan - October 19, 2007

I agree its no win. I’m a stronger supporter of Scouts but I disagree with their stance on gays and atheists. Unfortunately, Philadelphia is doing the right thing.